No act has greater public consequences than the act of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. Few greater fictions exist than the idea that such an act is a purely private act.
This idea is an extremely pervasive one. But unmedicated sex is the beginning of all public acts, of all public consequences, of all public life. Indeed, the public only exists because there are persons comprising it, and there are only persons because of sex.
Ironically, the only way in which society as a whole could treat sex as a truly private act, would be for the government to enter bedrooms, by providing hormone pills and artificial devices to prevent the natural consequences of sex. Sex in society can only become truly “private” through public intervention.
And yet we hear claims that the government should “get out of the bedroom.” We hear claims that the right to have sex the way you want it falls under a right to privacy. I’m not convinced.